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Robinson, Blais address new group members

first_imgThis past Wednesday’s Senate meeting marked the first senate meeting of the Robinson-Blais administration. Junior student body president Corey Robinson and sophomore vice president Becca Blais were sworn into office, as they stated their commitments to upholding the constitution of the undergraduate student body. Following their oaths, the new senators of each dorm were also sworn into office.This administration’s senate will follow a new model, which places some senators into four different committees as a part of each meeting. These committees are Health and Wellness, Sustainability, Community Engagement and Campus Affairs. Senators also have been assigned to different executive cabinet departments.“We are trying to make it more effective and efficient by separating [senate] into smaller committees and by approaching this with a interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary approach to these problems. We are excited to see what you all come up with and what you guys want to change,” Robinson said to the senators.The new senators for the 2016-2017 academic year approved the following individuals in their incoming student government positions including chief of staff, junior Michael Markel and parliamentarian, freshman Monica Montgomery.Sophomore Alexandra Eisele will take over as secretary. Executive controller will be sophomore Daniel Swanson, and junior Erica Tabor will serve as director of communication.Andrew Recker was named athletics representative, while junior MaKenna Siebenaler was approved as the campus ministry representative.Senior Rachel Wallace will serve as the Student Union representative to Diversity Council. The senate also approved freshmen David Hopkinson and Nabila Mourad as the First Undergraduate Experience in Leadership (FUEL) directors.Director of the department of academic affairs will be junior Eva Niklinska and the director of the department of campus technology will be freshman Bryce Badura.Juniors Caitlyn Hodges and Kimberly Sullivan will take over as director of the department of community relations and director of the department of constituent services, respectively.Sophomore Xun Chris Wang will be the director of the department of gender issues for the new administration, and freshmen Julia Dunbar and Stephanie Mastorakos will serve as the director of the department of health and wellness, and director of the department of internal affairs, respectively.The new senators also approved freshman Prathm Juneja as the new director of the department of national engagement and outreach.Freshmen Joseph Sierotko will take over as director of the department of residence life and director of the department of social concerns is freshman Andrea Tong.Director of the department of university affairs is junior Andrew Helmin and junior Grace Watkins was named the University policy liaison. “The purpose of the committees is to really empower those senators to have a voice,” Blais said. “A lot of people are shy or nervous about raising their hand and sharing their opinion, but when you break people down into smaller groups and they get to share their perspective of their committee, their department, their dorms, their clubs, the people they represent … then it really gives them a chance to be vocal.”“What I am hoping for … the senate is, first of all, greater collaboration between senate, SUB, and Executive Cabinet,” Blais said. “The second thing I would hope for is … that they utilize the time to work in those small groups and work in the big group to form resolutions about the issues that they really care about, to really get to discuss the issues that affect our university every day.”Tags: Blais-Robinson, new officers, Notre Dame, Senatelast_img read more

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Flavor of Georgia 2016

first_imgJudges evaluate each product based on flavor, texture and ingredient profile. Also considered are potential market volume, consumer appeal and product representation of Georgia. The contest, which will celebrate its 10th year in 2016, has served as a springboard for food manufacturers — assisting them in testing new products, reaching a larger audience and breaking into new markets to expand their sales. In 2015, 100 percent of finalists in the Flavor of Georgia contest reported increased interest in their products and an expanded network of business contacts. Some also indicated an increase in full- and part-time employees. For more information or to register, visit flavorofga.com or call 706-583-0347. Follow twitter.com/FlavorofGA on Twitter and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/flavorofga. Registration closes Feb. 5, 2016. Contest finalists will participate in the final round of judging and a public tasting March 14-15 as part of the Governor’s Agricultural Awareness Day in Atlanta. Product categories for the 2016 contest include barbecue sauces; beverages; confections; dairy products; jams and jellies; marinades and sauces; meat and seafood; salsas, chutneys and condiments; snack foods; and miscellaneous products. There is no limit to the number of products an individual business can submit, but only Georgia-based businesses may enter. Over the years, more than 1,000 food products have been entered in the contest. Today, many of those products are sold in national and regional supermarkets. Others have increased their wholesale distribution and Internet sales or experienced better traffic at local farmers markets. center_img “It’s a great experience that provides networking, exposure and learning opportunities you won’t find any other way,” said one of those finalists, Margaret Amos of Columbus-based Southern Straws. Finalists and winners participate in a number of high-profile industry showcases throughout the year following each annual contest, including the Georgia Grown Symposium, the Georgia National Fair and showcase days at the Buford Highway Farmers Market. They also receive industry feedback and use of the Flavor of Georgia logo for their product’s packaging and promotional materials. Whether it’s a specialty sweet treat, small-batch pork sausage or pimento cheese made from Grandma’s secret recipe, the University of Georgia’s Flavor of Georgia Food Product Contest shines the spotlight on the state’s craft foods. Registration for the 2016 Flavor of Georgia contest, which is conducted each year by the UGA Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development, is now open at flavorofga.com. For 10 years, the Flavor of Georgia Food Product Contest has supported the food and drink production industry in Georgia, which saw over $45 billion in sales in 2013, according to a Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development study. “Flavor of Georgia is a unique opportunity for entrepreneurs to gain publicity and exposure for their products,” said Sharon P. Kane, a UGA food business development specialist and the contest’s coordinator. “It’s also a chance for them to network with other food entrepreneurs and industry experts.” last_img read more

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Valencia: An Example of Venezuela’s Industrial Deterioration

first_imgBy Adriana Núñez Rabascall/Voice of America (VOA) December 27, 2019 Rows of locked gates, rusty pieces of metal, and weeds growing in the backyards of factories mark the landscape of Valencia, a two-hour drive from the Venezuelan capital, Caracas. The country’s once industrial city is an example of the deterioration in business activities.The Venezuelan Industrial Confederation (Conindustria, in Spanish) says the situation is a result of the expropriation policy and restrictions imposed by the government of former President Hugo Chávez and the illegitimate regime of Nicolás Maduro.“Companies that operate now are working at a top capacity of 20 percent. We don’t have statistics that are 100 percent certain, but of 13,000 companies that were active in Venezuela, about 2,500 are still in business,” Luis Alberto Hernández, head of the Carabobo State Industrial Chamber, told Voice of America.The main engine of the economy in this area of central Venezuela was the assembly of automobiles for transnational companies General Motors, Ford, and Chrysler.Hernández says that of these three companies, “General Motors has already left the country. The facilities were abandoned […] and the other two, Ford and Chrysler, have not produced a single vehicle this year [2019].”According to Conindustria, 80 percent of companies in the country acknowledged that they had to decrease their production in 2018.In the first quarter of 2019, only 65 cars were produced in the entire country, a minuscule amount compared to the 45,000 units produced a decade earlier, according to the Automotive Chamber of Venezuela.“Years before, the industrial area was very productive. Now it has declined a bit. Some companies have closed. The few remaining have reduced personnel. They have closed down due to the situation,” Yenny Bravo, a worker in Valencia’s industrial area, told VOA.Gregorio Briceño worked in the automotive industry from 1979 until a couple of years ago. His position no longer exists. “General Motors was once able to make 200 to 309 vehicles a day. Now, everything is paralyzed,” he told VOA.The industry’s main claim for its downfall is the lack of raw materials for production and price control policies.In the last five years, 44 international companies like Kellogg’s and Firestone left Venezuela, said Conindustria, due to obstacles to operating in the country.last_img read more

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Three shifts in the American experience

first_imgCredit union members’ lives are changing, their needs are changing, and their financial and insurance requirements are changing.Broad shifts in lifestyle, financial, and social priorities—along with increasing digital engagement—affect members’ financial and investment decisions.Keep these changes in mind as you look to the future of your credit union and the movement.Workplace and career realitiesToday’s American workers have experienced corporate restructuring, consolidation, downsizing, and layoffs in recent years, leading many to work for themselves. In 2015, one-third of the U.S. workforce worked independently as a professional or freelancer. By 2020, this number could surpass 40%.While self-employment has a lot of advantages, it doesn’t come without risk. Many independent workers worry about rising health-care costs, saving for retirement, and unpredictable income. This might explain why 77% of hardworking Americans report they wouldn’t be able to come up with $5,000 for an unexpected need. continue reading » 16SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Coronavirus pause could force global football to change

first_imgFootball has ground to a halt due to the coronavirus pandemic, and the immediate concern is the simple survival of many clubs because of the financial impact, but there is hope that the global game could ultimately emerge better from this crisis.”We are living through something none of us were used to and which will change us profoundly,” Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti told Corriere dello Sport.Not since World War II has the sport been forced to stop across Europe. The sudden interruption has exposed the deficiencies of a system intoxicated by huge sums of money. Topics : Fairer distribution of money? “It could actually get worse. For there to be real change there has to be a change in the way power and ownership is distributed in the game.”At the moment the financial power belongs to the lucky few at the top, but even they are being hurt. That is likely to affect the transfer market, and huge spending sprees on players could become a thing of the past.”In two or three years, it will not be possible to spend the sums we have been seeing because every country will be affected. In all likelihood a new footballing world will emerge from this,” insisted former Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness.Already players at Barcelona — the richest club in the world — have agreed a 70 percent pay cut. Clubs across Europe are taking similar measures.It is evidence that clubs, even in the elite, have been living on the edge, and it raises the question of whether salary caps could finally be seen as a way forward, despite the difficulties presented by EU rules.In Germany, the Bundesliga’s four Champions League representatives this season have pledged 20 million euros ($22 million) to help crisis-hit clubs in an encouraging sign of solidarity.Meanwhile, lessons may also be learned about how TV revenue is distributed in future. Cutbacks are inevitable in the short term. “TV money will go down, players and coaches will earn less. Tickets will cost less because people will have less money. The economy will be different and so will football. Maybe it will be better,” said Ancelotti.”As with most things, crisis is an opportunity,” football historian and academic David Goldblatt, author of recent book The Age of Football, told AFP, before sounding a warning. Fewer games It may also be time to rework the fixture calendar. The fashion for expanding existing tournaments — like staging a 48-team World Cup and 24-team Club World Cup — is surely not sustainable.”It is now high time that we find some rules to say ok, let’s get out of this crisis as well as we can, but let’s also put safeguards in that manage player loads successfully moving forward,” warned Jonas Baer-Hoffmann, general secretary of global players’ union FIFPro, as he called for “a much healthier set-up than we what have had lately.”FIFA president Gianni Infantino has acknowledged the calls for change, telling La Gazzetta dello Sport that “we can perhaps reform world football by taking a step back. With different formats. Fewer tournaments, maybe fewer teams, but more balanced.”Goldblatt, meanwhile, believes FIFA need to look again at plans to stage a 48-team World Cup in 2026 all across North America.That, and the European Championship that UEFA intend to stage in 12 cities across the continent, are being planned in ways which appear at odds with the need to face up to another imminent threat: climate change.”If we have learned anything from the last couple of months it is that we should listen to the scientists,” Goldblatt says. “We need to hit the pause button on all of this and have a massive rethink.”last_img read more

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Indonesian coal miners suffer impact from India’s lockdown

first_img“But also, once the lockdown officially ends, it’s going to take a long time to restart the economy,” James added.Indonesia is the world’s largest coal producer and dry fuel contributes 14 percent of the country’s exports, Statistics Indonesia (BPS) data shows.Indonesia’s trade balance recorded a deficit of US$350 million in April, as exports fell 7.02 percent, on the back of falling commodity prices and plummeting global demand due to the pandemic.Indonesia’s two most profitable coal miners last year, privately owned PT Adaro Energi and state-owned PT Bukit Asam (PTBA), previously highlighted India’s lockdown as notable risks going into the second quarter, aside from declining local demand.Adaro and Bukit Asam executives have stated that the companies would redirect exports into other Southeast and East Asian markets.“India’s lockdown did result in lower sales to India. But Adaro’s market is widespread, so we could divert sales,” said Adaro president director Garibaldi “Boy” Thohir.Adaro shipped 19 percent of its first quarter production to India. The company also shipped to China, East Asia, Southeast Asia, including within Indonesia, and other markets, such as New Zealand, Pakistan and Europe.The miner’s profit shrank 17.36 percent yoy to $98.17 million in the first quarter amid falling coal prices and slumping demand in Asia.“PTBA can still sell to India but only via private harbors whose numbers are not that great,” said Bukit Asam commerce director Adib Ubaidillah previously.Adib added that PTBA was looking at other Asian markets, such as Brunei, Hong Kong, South Korea, Thailand and Vietnam, as new export destinations.PTBA’s latest quarterly financial report revealed that the company’s profits fell 20.5 percent annually to Rp 903.24 billion from January to March. Data from India’s state-owned electricity dispatcher, POSOCO, shows that coal power generation plunged 32 percent in late March, when the country entered lockdown. At the same time, gas and renewable energy generation, led by hydropower, began rising incrementally. Indonesian coal miners are struggling with slow demand this year as businesses in India, one of the country’s major coal markets, hit the brakes due to a prolonged lockdown to contain the COVID-19 outbreak,  a data firm has said.The South Asian country’s coal imports, a commodity mostly used for power generation, is projected to decrease by 19.1 percent year-on-year (yoy) to 149 million tons, according to IHS Markit.As India’s demand slows, IHS Markit projects a 10 percent yoy decline in Indonesian coal exports to 406 million tons this year, from last year’s figure of 451 million tons. IHS Markit coal, metals and mining senior director James Stevenson said India’s lower import projection was a result of slumping business and industrial activity during the country’s prolonged lockdown.“The real change came with the lockdown in India. India, of course, is a pretty big market for Indonesian coal, [and] we now expect India to reduce its imports by about 35 million tons,” James told The Jakarta Post via phone call last Friday.The consultancy initially projected Indonesian coal exports at 419 million tons before India announced an extended lockdown and before market conditions worsened in Southeast and East Asia, which are Indonesia’s other major coal export markets.India went into lockdown on March 24, when most businesses shut down. The country has extended the lockdown four times, with the latest announced on Sunday and expected to last until May 31.center_img Topics :last_img read more

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The warning Mikel Arteta gave to Arsenal players before Everton clash

first_imgThe warning Mikel Arteta gave to Arsenal players before Everton clash Comment Everton v Arsenal: Mikel Arteta first press conferenceTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 15:44FullscreenEverton v Arsenal: Mikel Arteta first press conferencehttps://metro.co.uk/video/everton-v-arsenal-mikel-arteta-press-conference-2074552/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.According to ESPN, he told the squad: ‘I will be in the stands tomorrow [Saturday] at Everton. I want you to know that I will be watching your attitude, your efforts, your body language.‘I will see what you do when we lose the ball, what your attitude is. Also, what you do when we have the ball.’At his first press conference, meanwhile, Arteta warned that any player not fully committed to his philosophy would have no place in his plans.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalHe said: ‘The first priority is to change the energy. Last week I was here with Manchester City and I felt a little bit down.‘I want to get everybody in the club with the same mindset. We have to build a culture that sustains the rest.‘My job is to convince everybody that this is how we’re going to live. If you’re going to be part of this organisation it’s going to be this way.’MORE: Freddie Ljungberg worried about Arsenal players ahead of Everton clash following Mikel Arteta announcementMORE: Jose Mourinho aims subtle swipe at Arsenal over Mikel Arteta appointment Mikel Arteta will watch from the stands when Arsenal take on Everton this afternoon (Picture: Getty)Mikel Arteta warned Arsenal’s under-performing stars he will be watching their every move from the Goodison Park stands on Saturday.The club’s former captain was officially confirmed as Unai Emery’s permanent successor yesterday, 19 months after he came within a whisker of stepping into Arsene Wenger’s shoes.Arteta inherits a team in the midst of a crisis. Arsenal have won just once in their last 12 matches in all competitions, while speculation is mounting over the futures of several senior first team players.Club captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is reported to be desperate to leave the club while his brother, Willy, conveyed his astonishment on social media earlier this week at Arsenal’s decision to appoint a rookie manager.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTArteta, who has spent the last three-and-a-half years as Pep Guardiola’s assistant at Manchester City, met the squad on Friday and left them under no illusions as to what he expects. Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 21 Dec 2019 8:35 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link4.5kShares Advertisementlast_img read more

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Major renovations have made this home the perfect spot for a family

first_img71 Stella St, Holland Park.They also added a double garage. Ms Shannon, who works in education, said the property would suit anyone who wanted to move into the Holland Park area.“It’s ideal for anyone who wants to be in the catchment area for schools around here,” she said. 71 Stella St, Holland Park.Lynn Shannon and Andrew Burrows are downsizing and have made the decision to sell their Holland Park home.The couple have lived at 71 Stella St since 2008.The five-bedroom, three-bathroom home was the perfect spot to raise their three children, who have now grown up and left the nest. 71 Stella St, Holland Park.With many birthday parties and gatherings held at the home, Ms Shannon said the big deck upstairs was the gathering place for Sunday lunches.“Because it’s northeast facing, it’s never hot and you get beautiful breezes here,” she said.“French doors open on to the balcony, so even when you are in the kitchen you can be part of the conversation on the deck.” 71 Stella St, Holland Park.Ms Shannon said someone with a family would suit the property because of the five bedrooms.“This home will last them because, as the children grow older, they will be able to use the lounge area and outdoor area,” she said. “The home is perfect for dual living.” 71 Stella St, Holland Park.Ms Shannon said they were moving to a house with a bigger yard.“We are staying in the area but downsizing,” Ms Shannon said.The property, on a 405sq m block, has had major renovations over the years.“When we first bought it, underneath wasn’t built in,” Ms Shannon said.More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020“It had three bedrooms and verandas. We built the downstairs area and added in two bedrooms, a laundry and lounge area underneath.”last_img read more

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Mullins counts on Thousand again

first_img Press Association So often the bridesmaid behind brilliant stable companion Hurricane Fly in his homeland, the admirable grey has enjoyed some fantastic days across the Channel, winning this Grade One event, officially known as the Grande Course de Haies d’Auteuil, for the last two years. He was beaten into fourth by the Paul Nicholls-trained Celestial Halo when chasing back-to-back victories in the Prix La Barka at the Paris track last month, but while the Ditcheat runner reopposes, Mullins hopes the less demanding conditions will help his charge bridge the gap. Willie Mullins believes less testing conditions will bring out the best in Thousand Stars as he aims to clinch a French Champion Hurdle hat-trick at Auteuil on Sunday.center_img “I think the longer trip will be a help to him and probably the better ground will suit him better as well. I just don’t think he handled the conditions the last day and as he’s getting older, I think he’s starting to prefer better ground. I’m happy with him going into the race, he seems in good form, so we’ll see what happens,” he said. Thousand Stars leads a three-pronged Mullins attack on the three-mile-one-furlong contest, with Zaidpour and On His Own also in contention. Zaidpour was a good fifth behind Thousand Stars 12 months ago, but was well beaten in the Prix La Barka. Mullins said: “Like Thousand Stars, I don’t think he really handled the conditions the last day. I believe it’s forecast to be a wet day on Sunday, but we’ve had a dry week leading up to it and the ground won’t be as bad as it was for the Prix La Barka. “He seems well, he has run well at Auteuil before and if things go right , hopefully he can pick up some of the good prize-money on offer.” On His Own is a fascinating contender having fallen when a leading fancy for the last two renewals of the Grand National at Aintree. He lines up on the back of a fortunate win over hurdles at Sligo. The champion trainer said: “He’s had a light campaign and I just didn’t want to be throwing him out in the field just yet. He’s only run three times over hurdles in his life, and won twice, so we thought we’d let him travel and see how he matches up against these horses. He probably won’t be up to this level, but we’ll see. “He surprised me when he won in Navan earlier in the year and I’m hoping he might surprise me again.” last_img read more

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Henderson aims to make Brazil mark

first_img Press Association This year the midfielder has found his feet at the Merseyside club, playing a key role in Liverpool’s push for the title. And Henderson’s desire to be an England regular is stronger than ever with the World Cup now in view. “It has been a while since I started (an England game) so it was nice to get a start again and if I keep working hard I will have a few more in the summer,” the Liverpool midfielder said. “It was brilliant to get out there for the senior team. “It’s always good to represent your country. I did my best and hopefully from now until the end of the season I can do my best to get in the squad for the summer.” Henderson was not one of the stand-out performers in the win over Denmark – in truth there were hardly of any to speak of. But there are plenty of things that will stand in Henderson’s favour when Hodgson comes to select his 23 for Brazil. He is a versatile player who is capable of playing as a deep-lying midfielder or further up the field. Jordan Henderson wants to seal his place on the plane to Brazil after he made his return to the England starting line-up after a lengthy absence. Wednesday night’s 1-0 win over Denmark was the first time Henderson had started an England match since he made his debut in November 2010. Shortly after earning his first cap, the 23-year-old joined Liverpool for a £20million fee which weighed heavy on his shoulders during his first two years at Anfield. Another factor that will help is that he plays with Steven Gerrard, Daniel Sturridge and Raheem Sterling in a front six which is setting the Barclays Premier League alight at the moment. Along with Glen Johnson, Liverpool had five players in the starting XI for the first time since 1977. “I didn’t know about that (statistic) but it is fantastic,” Henderson said on TheFA.com. “It shows how well we are doing. There is a lot of confidence in the team so hopefully we can bring that into the international set up as well.” last_img read more

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